Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hangin' on Pinterest Again

I love a good mystery.  I found this blog post on Pinterest this morning.  Take a look.

In essence, there is a box with something in it.  There are four clues about the item.  The teacher hands out one clue to each student, they need to go find three other people who have the other clues and work together to figure out what's inside the box.

Obviously, her example is geared for an elementary classroom, but here's what I'm thinking:  The mystery item could be a number, a graph, a shape, an angle measure, etc.
Thinking off the top of my head, place a graph of a parabola in the box.
Clue 1:  It has a vertex
Clue 2:  It is symmetric
Clue 3:  Projectile motion
Clue 4:  Positive people smile, negative people frown.


If you can't see what it says under the picture here it is:
BANG. You take turns drawing cards out of a container. If you can read the sight word you keep the card. If not, the card goes back in. Whoever collects the most cards wins the game. If you draw one of the BANG cards, you have to put back all of the cards you have collected. COULD BE MODIFIED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL--student must define the word to keep the card

I'm thinking this:  
I like the Bang cards, however we're not going to be using sight words, we are going to be using linear equations.  In the container are graphs of linear equations and the students need to say the slope-intercept form of the equation to keep the card.  


In the container are equations that students need to solve, if they solve correctly they keep the card.


In the container are two points and the students need to determine the slope of the line that passes through them.


A combination of all of the above.  


Look at what I just found:

It goes along with the mystery box above.  But in this one the students make the clues.  Duh!  Of course, make the students do the work.  

Here's what I'm thinking.  

The first time we do this, I would create the item and the clues just like above.

Maybe the next time we do it, I would create the items and let the students create the clues.

After that, the students would create the items and the clues.


Generate your own QR Code.

On this website, they use QR codes for Parent Night.

I did a google search and found this QR Code Generator

Although this is great for parents, why not use this for students too?  And not just for information about the teacher, but information about what they are currently learning in school?  


Printing on Post-it notes.  I'm sure we can use that for something!!


  1. I love it :) I've also been poking around the elementary teacher blogs and those people are amazing! As for the post-it notes, one of my pins suggested printing graph paper on them, similar to the graphing post-its from miniplots. The Bang game could be modified for anything - graphing quadratics, simplifying logs, transformations of parent functions, etc.

  2. In this day and age, I think I would come up for another name for the BANG game. Maybe something like "step up" box, the students must "step up" to draw a card, and the "bang" card could be simply "try again".